Monday, June 11, 2007

Kanga Oooh!

I was driving my son to school this morning, and as we turned off the horrifically busy dual carriageway into the main road of a new estate that's being built, a HUGE kangaroo suddenly bounded across the road. The car in front of me slammed on the brakes, I slammed on the brakes, and all but climbed out of the window in excitement.

OMG! A kangaroo! He leapt across the road and into the scrubby bush beyond the school. But god knows where the poor bugger thought he was going, as within two minutes he'd hit another housing estate.

We've lived in Australia for over eight and a half years, and that's the first time anything like that's happened to me. There are wild kangaroos who frequent various golf ranges (not that I play golf but the one time I accompanied my brother it's kind of intimidating having those enormous bucks staring you down), and for sure you see them more frequently once you get more into the country (again - not that I ever have, discounting the distressingly high level of road kill) Just don't expect anything like that to happen when you're mere feet from roads which are close cousins to motorways.

It's an awful shame so much of their habitat is being eroded. I keep hoping this kangaroo had the sense to turn round and go back the way he came, because he was heading directly into the city. But having said that, I must admit seeing him quite made my day!


Sara Hantz said...

Wow, you lucky thing. When we went to Oz we were desperate to see a kangaroo.

Christina Phillips said...

Yes, it's amazing enough seeing them in captivity but when you come across them in the wild (or rather, when they come across you), it's just incredible.

Amanda Ashby said...

Kangaroos used to go into my dad's bottom paddock every morning, but I hate telling people from o/s that in case they think it's normal thing!!!!! Sara, you should've gone to Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo while you were there - it's awsome!!!